“Networks are the neural system of our society – connecting becomes the digital society’s DNA and unplugging it would “black out” most of our activities, hugely affecting our nowadays life”
Mario Campolargo, Director Net Futures at the European Commission.
GÉANT is the pan-European network that interconnects Europe’s national research and education networks (NRENs). With over 50 million users at 10,000 institutions across Europe, operating at speeds of up to 500Gbps, and with unrivalled geographical coverage, GÉANT remains the most advanced research network in the world. RNP, the Brazilian NREN, (Rede Nacional de Ensino e Pesquisa), plans, designs, deploys and operates a nationwide networking infrastructure under a contract with the Ministry for Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI). Its objectives include connecting university, research institutes, hospitals, museums, and many other public Research and Education (R&E) institutions through its network infrastructure.
José Luiz Riberio Filho, RNP Director of solutions, and Michael Stanton, RNP Director of R&D, are presenting at Cloudscape Brazil on 20 October 2014 in Rio de Janeiro. They will highlight the current achievements of RNP. Such achievements include connecting more than 800 points, of around 350 public institutions (universities and research institutes), through an advanced multi-gigabit national backbone, and more than 35 optical metropolitan area networks. RNP also offers advanced services on top of this network, potentially benefiting more than 3.5 million users.
Partnerships with research institutions, business and other world-leading NRENs are central to advancing the network and offering new services and products. At Cloudscape Brazil, the RNP representatives will offer insights into RNP’s strategy to deploy and operate cloud services in collaboration with Brazilian public universities and research institutions.
Cloudscape Brazil will show how cloud computing can provide a cost-effective approach to meeting the ever increasing amounts of scientific data, such as environmental monitoring, biodiversity data bases, a variety of simulation and visualisation systems like climate forecast, astronomy and cosmology, and cultural data. All this requires a scalable and sustainable data centre infrastructure, where facilities must be distributed way and in places that offer telecommunication, energy and security services, as well as appropriate physical space/infrastructure.